06 October 2020

For the eleventh consecutive day, NSW has reported no recent cases of locally transmitted COVID‑19.

Eleven cases in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,057.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (including interstate r​​esidents in NSW health care facilities) 4,057
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 55
Total tests carried out 2,751,929

There were 5,385 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 4,789 in the previous 24 hours.

Testing numbers have dropped recently, which is a concern. NSW Health is appealing to the community to come forward for testing right away if you have even the mildest of symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could be COVID-19.

People in the Hawkesbury and South Western Sydney are particularly being called on to come forward for testing if they have any symptoms after the state’s sewage surveillance program detected fragments of the virus at the North Richmond and West Camden treatment plants.

The most recent cases in the West Camden catchment were reported in September, but no one living in the North Richmond catchment has recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Virus fragments in sewage can mean that there are active cases in the catchment area, but people can continue to ‘shed’ virus genetic material for some weeks after recovery.

Please see Sewage testing detects COVID fragments for more details.

A full list of COVID-19 testing clinics is available or people can visit their GP.

NSW Health is treating 50 COVID-19 cases, including three in intensive care, none of whom are being ventilated. Eighty per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

COVID-19 may be continuing to circulate in the community and we must all be vigilant. To help stop the spread of COVID-19

  • If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
  • Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • Wear a mask when using public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in shops, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should also sit in the back.

Locations linked to known cases, advice on testing and isolation, and areas identified for increased testing can be at NSW Government - Latest news and updates.

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infection Count
Overseas 2,168
Interstate acquired 91
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,405
Locally acquired – contact not identified 393
Under investigation​ 0
Total 4,057

Counts reported for a particular day may vary over time with ongoing enhanced surveillance activities.

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020 Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 5,640
Found positive​​ 128
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 31,354
Found positive​ 155
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic trave​llers screened at day 10 43,974
Found positive 123

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